tv ABC World News With Diane Sawyer ABC May 25, 2012 6:30pm-7:00pm EDT
welcome to "world news." tonight, storm fronts, just in time for the holiday. two giant storms on both coasts. the raging wildfires in the middle. and the hottest indy 500 ever. air scare. another passenger rushing toward the cockpit. tonight, the passengers who took him down. deep lly personal. a stunningly candid moment today, something we've never heard from the vice president before. and over the top. that incredible site, the man in the kayak going over the waterfall higher than niagra falls, and surviving. he describes that freefall here tonight. good evening. and as we come on the air tonight, millions of americans are on the move this holiday
weekend. also on the move tonight, several major storm systems from coast to coast. the timing could not be worse. take a look tonight. hurricane bud, churning in the waters off the west coast. in the middle of this country tonight, wildfires raging and record heat on the way. forecasters are predicting the hottest indy 500 on record. tonight, up and down the east coast, another storm system. that one set to be named beryl, if it gets any stronger, on its way to becoming a tropical storm. it's going to bring winds and rain and meteorologist ginger zee leads us off this friday night. >> reporter: see that orange blob over the bahamas? these thunderstorms have an 80% chance of becoming beryl, the atlantic's second named storm, a week before the season starts. it will bring dangerous surf and heavy rain from florida up the coast through memorial day. and that's just the start fo of the extweem weather. it will be sweltering from the deep south to the great lakes, a huge chunk of the nation seeing 90s and above.
we're talking about record breaking territory with stifling humidity, all the way north to minneapolis. in the west, six states are under fire warnings. the air quality is so bad in places health alerts have been issued. and just look at this map, wildfires are spreading that smokey haze from new mexico to nebraska. then there's hurricane bud off mexico, which made history overnight. a category 3, with winds topping 111 miles per hour for a time. the strongest storm ever this early in the season. it has weakened a bit, but with rough surf and a foot of rain on the way tonight, it is likely to ruin a few vacation plans. >> really what a mess. ginger zee with us now on the desk in new york. you talked about a hot indill 500. what are we talking about? >> reporter: mid and upper 90s. indianapolis at 97 on sunday, could be really treacherous. we'll hear about those things called the heat index and a lot of abc stations will have those
on this weekend. >> and the giant storm on the east coast going to bring wind and rain just in time for the weekend. >> reporter: unfortunately, from the carolinas south, especially sunday into monday. >> all right, ginger zee, thank you. we're going to turn now to that air scare today. a passenger rushing to the cockpit on board an american airlines flight in miami, tackle bid two passengers. abc's david kerley tonight on the string of scares and the every day passengers taking them down. >> reporter: just moments after this american airlines jet touched down in miami, a passenger got out of his seat and rushed to the front of the aircraft, with the plane moving. ignoring orders to sit down. then, those two passengers on the flight from jamaica sprang into action. >> i had him like that and i had him on the ground and i was on top of him. >> he was screaming. he wanted to get off the plane. >> reporter: the 24-year-old canadian man, ryan synder, was taken into custody. sources tell abc news he appeared intoxicated. it's the second disturbance this week in which those on board
were instrumental in ending an incident. on tuesday, a woman on a flight from france claimed to have a device surgically implanted in her body. without informing passengers, knowing al qaeda is considering implanting bombs, two doctors were asked to check her for scars. that air craft made an unscheduled landing in maine, where she was pulled off the plane. and back in march -- >> i was thinking about the people on board. and i have five kids. one of the gentlemen said, my kids were flashing in front of me. >> reporter: it was passenger and corrections officer david gonzalez who helped subdue the pie lot of a jet blue plane who was apparently having a breakdown. >> kind of like 24/7, we have to be aware of what's around us. it mail come down to us to keep this plane in the air. >> reporter: and they are doing a good job so far. >> excellent job. >> reporter: it is a feeling that has been seared into the psyche of flyers since 9/11. as for today, the pilot never thought this was a security threat or that the cockpit door would be breached. now, as far as the suspect? federal charges filed next week,
david. >> so many passengers taking control. david kerley tonight, thank you. we're going to turn now to new developments in the case of that 6-year-old boy who went missing 33 years ago today. etan patz, walking to the bus stop, about 200 steps from his front door. today, his father, coming home, getting the mail, the same home. they never changed their number, never moved, hoping their son would come home. new details tonight about the man just nothing being arraigned after a stunning confession. pedro hernandez arraigned tonight on second dell agree murder. 33 years to the day after that little boy, 6-year-old etan patz, disappeared on that walk to the school bus. the first time his parents let him walk alone. it was just a block and a half to the bus. police say hernandez in a tearful three and a half hour taped confession said he lured the boy away, just steps from the bus stop. allegedly with the promise of a soda. >> he led him into the basement of the bodega, choked him there as disposed of the body by putting it into a plastic bag and placing it into the trash.
>> reporter: hernandez was 19 at the time, now 51. he was set to be in court today but instid taken to a new york hospital, where he was put under suicide watch. abc news has learned it was a family member or friend who tipped off police after renewed attention to the case. authorities have now revealed hernandez allegedly mentioned the crime to family members as far back as 1981. >> hernandez had told a family member and others that he had, quote, done a bad thing and killed a child in new york. >> reporter: tonight, investigators have yet to say if hernandez indicated any kind of motive. while other workers were interviewed all those-year-olds ago, he never was and hernandez was never considered a suspect. etan's mother could see the children lining up at the bus stop and went inside. it was 1979 and it changed the way this country reacted to reports of missing children. >> they wouldn't even take a report of a missing child until
24 or 48, 72 hours had passed. >> reporter: but that would soon change. >> which will be some good news for the parents of thousands of missing children. >> reporter: the milk cartons, then the billboards. today's alerts. tonight, even with this new confession, there is still no promise that this is the man, that this is the closure that the parents have longed for. lisa cohen spoke with etan's father. for these parents, hope that there will be an end? >> well, you know, yes. i think that they hope that there will be an end but there won't ever be an end. their son isn't going to come back. >> i want to bring in our senior legal analyst dan abrams tonight. we were talking. how rare is this that this man would not have been questioned. he was on that block and a half and worked in the small store where others were questioned. >> reporter: i covered a lot of cold cases. never seen anything like this. a massive investigation at the time. you have one person who has been found responsible in a civil case. you have another person whose
basement they were digging up. and now, the actual suspect, the person who finally gets arrested and arraigned, is someone who wasn't even on the radar. and lived in the neighborhood. it's really almost hard to believe. >> and arraigned at this hour. dan, we want you to stick with us here, because we are following the john edwards trial. the former presidential candidate facing up to 30 years in prison, charges with using money from wealthy donors to hide his affair from the voters. tonight here, what is going on inside the jury room? what is keeping them from a verdict? bob woodruff standing watch in north carolina. >> reporter: the jury is trying to figure out if a donation is a political gift or a personal one. the first exhibit they asked for, a letter edwards' wealthy patron bunny mellon sent his close aide andrew young shortly after the candidate was pilloried for putting a $400 haircut on this campaign's tab. "from now on, all hair cuts, et six that, that are a necessary and important part of his campaign," mellon wrote, "please
send the bills to me, as a way to help our friend without government restrictions." jurors then wanted to see a note young received the other walthy donor in this case, fred baron. it read, "old chinese saying 'use cash, not credit cards,'" and was tucked into an envelope filled with cash, intended to take care of edwards' girlfriend, rielle hunter. and the jury also asked to see my "nightline" interview with edwards where he repeatedly lied about almost every aspect of this case. a report has been published that the baby of miss hunter is your baby. true? >> not true. not true. >> reporter: now, of course, we don't know exactly what the jurors are thinking about right now. and why is this taking so much time? well, we talked to some trial lawyers who told me that probably this is a very complicated campaign finance law and maybe these jurors are split and they are taking time on this verdict. and we'll be back here to find out more on tuesday. david? >> bob, our thanks to you tonight. of course, the possibility that
the jurors could be split, dan. what is john edwards thinking this weekend? >> reporter: oh, you're sweating. you're hoping for a quick acquittal here. that's not happening. the amount of documents they've been asking for could indicate that there's a split and that some jurors are trying to use those documents, that evidence, to effectively make a case to other jurors, to prove their side. so, there really might be a divide. but it seems like they are making progress through the counts, we'll just have to see. >> doesn't appear good for john edwards. dan, thank you. zble we' going to turn next to a very candid moment for vice president joe biden today. he was recounting his own loss, the deaths of his wife and young daughter in a tragic car accident 40 years ago. it's a story he has shared before but never did he confess something to personal. abc's martha raddatz is with us from washington tonight. martha, everyone in that room stopped. >> reporter: they certainly did, david. we have heard vice president biden talk about his personal tragedy before, but being in front of those military families
today caused him to reveal his deepest memories of grief. a greech so pief so powerful thd it made him realize how someone could take their own life. >> you knew. you just felt it in your bones something bad happened. and i knew i don't note how i knew. but the call said my wife was dead, my daughter was dead. and wasn't sure how my sons were going to make it. for the first time in my life, i understand how someone could decide to commit suicide. not because they were deranged, but because they'd been to the top of the mountain and they just knew in their heart they'd never get there again. there will come a day, i promise you, and you parents, as well, when the thought of your son or daughter, or your husband or wife, brings a smile to your
lips before it brings a tear to your eye. >> reporter: the vice president had not planned those remarks about suicide. this all came from the heart. david? >> martha raddatz in washington. martha, our thanks to you. next this evening, to a new warning that comes just as we all held into the holiday weekend. it involved sunscreens, all the promises on the labels. but lisa stark, back on it tonight. how much sunscreen sold a family of four bring with them to the beach? >> reporter: try to buy sunscreen and you are bombarded with claims. waterproof, sweatproof, protects against skin cancer. the problem? many are false. >> it's very hard to just figure out what works. >> reporter: it wasn't supposed to be this hard. by this summer, sunscreen makers were told they had to change their labels, a sun screen smackdown. gone were supposed to be any mention of waterproof and sweatproof there's no such thing. and only sunscreen with spf 15 or greater and offering uvb and
uva protection could claim to prevent cancer. but manufacturers who had to do some new testing said they couldn't make all the changes in time for summer. so, the fda gave them until december. >> this is although summer where consumers are going to go to the store and buy products that have false and misleading claims on them. >> reporter: the fda says it is a necessary delay. isn't the fda just caving to industry? >> we're really not. it's in the interest of public health to give them this extra time. we want full compliance. >> reporter: so, for now, what should you look for? spf 30 or greater, and this is key. look for the words broad spectrum protection. and you need a lot more sunscreen than you might think. i should put on this much sunscreen to my body >> if you are wearing a swim suit and the majority of your skin is exposed, this is what you need. >> reporter: and that's every few hours. so, a family of four on a full day at the beach, empty two
good-sized containers. yes, two containers. lisa stark, abc news, washington. >> our thanks to lisa tonight. still ahead here on "world news" this friday night, look at this nighttime picture right here. tiny lights. those are people on mt. everest. stumbling, losing oxygen. we ask tonight, what's happening stumbling, losing oxygen. we ask tonight, what's happening that's taking so many lives? well in love with her in the first place. and why you still feel the same. but your erectile dysfunction -- that could be a question of blood flow. cialis for daily use helps you be ready anytime the moment's right. you can be more confident in your ability to be ready. and the same cialis is the only daily ed tablet approved to treat ed and symptoms of bph, tell your doctor about all your medical conditions and medications, and ask if your heart is healthy enough for sexual activity. do not take cialis if you take nitrates for chest pain, as this may cause an unsafe drop in blood pressure. do not drink alcohol in excess with cialis. side effects may include headache, upset stomach, delayed backache or muscle ache. to avoid long term injury, seek immediate medical help for an erection lasting more than four hours.
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>> i do not remember a single word that the commencement speaker said. and you won't, either. >> the name is powell. p- p-o-w-e-l-l. >> i'm going to just speak to you guys from the heart. yeah. >> don't blow through this day, even if you are overwhelmed with family or maybe you just a little bit drunk. don't have a plan. plans are for wooses. >> i have little family. i have one daughter. my friends and my family and your friends have been the steady part of your growing experience. treasure them. >> i was never expected to speak again, let alone to be standing up here right now to speak to you. i am a walking miracle. life can change in an instant. i'm living proof of that.
>> you always know it's the right thing when, in the end, there is peace. >> in the end, people can only define you if you let them. >> i started thinking about malia and sasha graduating and i start tearing up and -- it's terrible. >> your parents who sit here and your friends, have done nothing but root for you, like my mother, who is sitting up there. >> i'm realizing that only, like, 7% of what i've said today has been at all helpful. >> it ain't where you start in the life, it's where you end up and what you did along the way. >> you, the class of 2012 -- >> enjoy this day and thank you so much.
>> and so we choose the class of 2012. and, one tiny note to pass along tonight. word of someone else perhaps in cap and gown this weekend, earning an honorary degree, which is why i'm filling in for her tonight. congrats, diane. as we mark this memorial day weekend, we mark a birthday. happy 75th to the golden gate bridge tonight, and our thanks to kgo. good night.